Finding Cello Music: Browse Shelves and Online

Browse Online by Subject

In the online catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield books and music concerning the cello (this is not a complete list).

Remember to use the options on the left side of the results page to refine your search by format or other parameter(s): Music (Printed Music, Music Recordings), Audio, Subject (violoncello and piano music, violoncello ensembles), etc.:

If you find a piece you want in the online catalog, go to the "Subjects" tab and click on the hyperlinked Subject to see other similar works.

A complete list of subject headings can be found in Music Subject Headings, which is bound in red and kept on the index table in the Reference Room. Cello (violoncello) subject headings begin on page 576, and viola da gamba subject headings begin on page 566.

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Browse the Shelves

Because printed music and books are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.

If you're looking for cello music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):

By Library of Congress Call Number:

M Printed Music
M51, M52 music for solo violoncello
M229+ music for violoncello and piano
M239.V54 music for viola da gamba and keyboard
M351+ string trios
M451+ string quartets
M1016+ concertos for violoncello and orchestra



concertos for violoncello and string orchestra


ML Literature (books) on Music
Ref. ML128.C4 bibliographies of chamber music
Ref. ML128.V5 bibliographies of cello music

ML910 - ML915


books about the cello and its history


MT Music instruction and study
MT300, MT302, MT305,  
MT306, MT314
violoncello instruction and study
                          (method books)
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